The best things in life are free

This quote often attributes ‘best things’ to kindness, love, happiness and care. Although this is true in some instances, it is not the same for others.

The adjective ‘best’ and its opposite ‘worst’ are subjective and relative. Different people make inferences of best and worst experiences differently. In simple terms, what is best for one person may not be best for another. We place value on different things influenced by our own biased world views and belief systems. The aforementioned values may not necessarily be viewed as best for some people.

In my own subjective view, the best things in life come at a price. Take into consideration things like money, quality education, health care, and food security. These are all the best things to help you live a relatively happy and fulfilling life. The acquisition of these will give you liberty to experience life freely. The adjective ‘best’ in this context is measured against the socio-economic and cultural hegemony which currently govern our livelihood.

Let us take for an example, the impact of the novel coronavirus on our lives. In order to successfully solve the current ordeal we need all four of the  aforementioned values. We need revenue (money) to successfully develop a coronavirus vaccine; the development of this vaccine depends on the quality of our education; we need food security to survive the lockdown; and we need proper and intact healthcare to fight off the virus.

What is best for you in this real life situation? Being happy and kind or receiving proper healthcare and food security? What good would it do for us all to be kind and happy whilst we all die of a virus and hunger because we lack valuable and best things in life to assure our survival?

You could focus on being a happy and kind human being, however without money, or proper healthcare your life will be short-lived. Without proper education, you will live and die in ignorance.